Just happened to come across this and thought it might be relevant here:
"AT&T needs to spend $5 Billion to catch up
by Dave Freeman on January 20, 2010
With all the crap that’s gone on (and still going on) between AT&T and Verizon, it’s safe to say that this is the last thing AT&T wanted to come out. According to a study that just came out, AT&T would have to spend approximately $5 billion US to get their network to the same level as Verizon and Sprint.
This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who actually owns an AT&T phone, given the almost constant problems with dropped calls, spotty service, and slow data speeds. The study also admits that AT&T has started to upgrade their infrastructure, particularly in the Bay Area, with positive results. This makes sense give the nature of their agreement with Apple."
I went from stock to .88 and now on .17. The .17 seems to be the best but still not very good. The poor reception and dropped connection issues may be more a function of AT&T servide rather than the radio version!
While the huge hulking dinosaurs of ATT & Verizon clash with great noise...the small but nimble mammal that is T-Mobile (USA) quietly evolves.